[josm-dev] License clarification for JOSM plugins

Gabriel Ebner ge at gabrielebner.at
Mon Apr 14 19:09:31 BST 2008

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 07:58:10PM +0200, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> > The provided JOSM license text LICENSE states V2 and unless all JOSM and 
> > Plugin files clearly states "GPLv2 or later" somewhere (which they don't 
> > do AFAIK), there's no legal way IMHO  to provide JOSM under GPLv3 - as 
> > the license versions are not compatible.
> Do I understand this correctly: Software can only be included in
> Debian if it is "GPL v2 or later", and "GPL v2 only" is not enough?

They include the linux kernel, which is GPLv2 only.  AFAIK the only thing
required for inclusion into main is compliance with the DFSG.[1]


[1] http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

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